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Release Date:
June 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
I Had to Make It As a Woman. There Was No Return. See more »
Plot:
A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

John Hansen ... George Jorgensen Jr/Christine Jorgensen
Joan Tompkins ... Aunt Thora

Quinn K. Redeker ... Tom Crawford (as Quinn Redeker)
John Himes ... George Jorgensen Sr. (as John W. Himes)
Ellen Clark ... Mrs. Florence Jorgensen

Rod McCary ... Jess Warner

Will Kuluva ... Professor Estabrook

Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Dr. Victor Dahlman (as Oscar Beregi)
Lynn Harper ... Dolly
Trent Lehman ... George at 7

Pamelyn Ferdin ... Dolly as a Child

Bill Erwin ... Pastor
Joyce Meadows ... Tani
Sondra Scott ... Angela
Elaine Joyce ... Loretta
Don Pierce ... Jack
Kathleen Cordell ... Woman Reporter
Walter Stocker ... Reporter
Barry Cahill ... Reporter
Frank Gerstle ... Newspaper Reporter at Airport
Wally Rose ... Photographer
Ray Sittin ... Santa Claus (as Ray Sitton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bourne ... Whalstrom (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Mrs. Whalstrom (uncredited)
Eddie Frank ... George as a Child (uncredited)
Svetlana ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Rapper 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christine Jorgensen  autobiography
Robert E. Kent 
Ellis St. Joseph 

Produced by
Robert E. Kent .... associate producer
Edward Small .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette  (as Jacques Marquette)
 
Film Editing by
R.A. Radecki 
 
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as Frank Sylos)
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry (fashion designer)
 
Makeup Department
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Harold E. Knox .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard G. Kazanjian .... assistant director (as Howard Kazanjian)
 
Art Department
Monroe Liebgold .... property master (as Jockey Liebgold)
 
Sound Department
Del Harris .... sound effects editor
Burdick S. Trask .... sound mixer
Burdick S. Trask .... sound (as Brad Trask)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Madison S. Lacy .... still photographer (as Madison Lacy)
 
Casting Department
Harvey Clermont .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Costich .... wardrobe (as Tom Costich)
Sharon Thober .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Grant Whytock .... supervising editor
 
Transportation Department
Jack Lietzke .... transportation
 
Other crew
Jane Ficker .... script supervisor
Christine Jorgensen .... technical advisor
Robert O. Pearman .... technical advisor (as Robert O. Pearman M.D.)
 

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Also Known As:
"Christine Jørgensens historie" - Denmark
"Il primo uomo diventato donna" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Quando o Sexo Se Define" - Brazil (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
98 min | 89 min (DVD)
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Certification:
UK:X | USA:R (certificate #22443)

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Trivia:
One of the film's major advertising tag lines was the erroneous claim "The First Man To Become A Woman!" In truth, as the movie makes clear, others had undergone similar surgery earlier, but Jorgensen was simply the first well-publicized sex change case.See more »
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Anachronisms: During a playground football game set during the Depression, a late-1960s car drives by in background.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Florence Jorgensen:[George is cradling a doll] George, remember, I told you before - your sister has her toys, and you have yours. Look, you have so many lovely toys of your own. Come over. Take a look at your Erector set, why don't we build something? Your father will be so proud of you. Let's build a beautiful, big skyscraper. The best building, the most beautiful building in all the world.See more »
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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 15 (1996) (V)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Digital Cable brings out the old, obscure gems, 13 July 2002
Author: lambiepie-2 from Los Angeles, CA

I saw this movie the other evening on a digital cable channel called FLIX. It came on midnight, and I hope they show it again. I got tell you, I couldn't stop laughing, then being shocked. The shock came when I kept checking the year the movie was made...1970!! I have no idea how they got to do all of that in 1970, and today, 2002, Hollywood wont even TOUCH this. There is no way you wont laugh at some of the dialogue and acting. But once you get beyond that, some of the subject matter scenes are WAY ahead of their time. The one thing that I could not get out of my mind was the little boy actor who played Christine. When you see him in that dress putting on lipstick, the first thing I thought was, "Why did this actor's parents allow this child to do this?!?!?" I remember the actor, he went on to play "Butch" in the series "Nanny and the Professor" and in 1982, he killed himself. But if any little child actor today had scenes like this, they would be a star. Same with the adult actor, I had no idea it was an actor, for some reason I thought it was Christine herself. Then there is the director, I thought it was a made up name until I looked here on IMDb and found out he directed one of my favorite films..Now, Voyager! Plus I thought about Tim Burton's Film, Ed Wood and remembered how Ed wanted to direct this script. (Ed only got to do Glen and Glenda which is no where near this!) I thought if Ed Wood got his wish to direct this film, he would have been a more household name. I am so sorry FLIX showed the film so late, I dosed off before the end, and I did not tape it. FLIX has a habit of showing these again, if you've got digital or satellite tv, I suggest you catch it. And I challenge Hollywood today to do a film like this (Independent Feature Film makers would, of course!). And tackle the subject matter, without the camp but with all the inner and outer turmoil George/Christine had.

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